Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed an executive order threatening to stop federal funding to towns and cities who don’t help the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round up undocumented immigrants. In response, many mayors of these “sanctuary cities” across the nation vowed to continue or increase assistance to immigrants while refusing to cooperate with ICE agents. The Marshall Project takes a look at how some of these municipalities are taking up the fight on behalf of immigrants in this story.
Following the passage of Texas SB4, which challenged sanctuary cities in the Lone Star state, a growing number of municipalities are suing the state, claiming the new law is unconstitutional and a threat to public safety. Texas law enforcement officers believe they shouldn’t be compelled to enforce federal immigration law, which SB4 requires. USA Today has more on the state of Texas being sued by its own cities.